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Method of treating tobacco to reduce nitrosamine content, and products produced thereby

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  • US 6,425,401 B1
  • Filed: 09/25/2000
  • Issued: 07/30/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A process of substantially preventing the formation of at least one nitrosamine in a Virginia flue tobacco plant by treating the tobacco plant after the yellowing stage, the process comprising:

  • heating at least a portion of a Virginia flue tobacco plant with a flow of air while said portion is uncured, yellow, and in a state susceptible to having formation of said at least one nitrosamine arrested, for a time sufficient to substantially prevent formation of said at least one nitrosamine;

    wherein said flow of air is sufficient to avoid an anaerobic condition around the vicinity of said plant portion.

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